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Old 01-12-2017, 02:28 AM   #1
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transmision service

Dear friends, on my 2002 318i, which I purchased two years ago, upto now I have done most services, but have not done transmission service the car has done 190000 km and no record of service,
It has a GM box and I would like to know,
1. how much you have to raise the car to carry out same.
2. The best place to get the filter kit.
3, the oil I should choose
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Old 01-12-2017, 03:46 AM   #2
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I'm pretty sure it's a lifetime transmission fluid (not to be changed ) but I have heard people use the purple juice with no problems

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Old 01-12-2017, 07:58 AM   #3
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I'm pretty sure it's a lifetime transmission fluid (not to be changed ) but I have heard people use the purple juice with no problems

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Not true!
BMW did put it on the sticker, against the advice of GM and ZF, as a marketing ploy while offering free maintenance, so they didn't have spend the money to change it.
Mechanics don't want to mess with it because if the high milage cars tranny goes out afterwards the customers blame the shop even though it was on its last legs.
Dont use a pressurized system found in a lot of independents, the filter usually isn't changed.
Do a drain and fill. Use an OE or OEM filter and gasket. You should change the 2X bolts, but some reuse them with thread locker. At least order 5 or 6 spares as you will damage a few. Pay attention to the bolt loosening and tightening pattern to to prevent leakage.

See the DIY thread in Tuning and Tech section.

BavAuto.com blog has a great video.

Not sure where to buy parts in Australia.






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Old 01-12-2017, 08:05 AM   #4
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^ Thanks for that hopefully it helps the op out

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Old 01-12-2017, 08:37 AM   #5
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^ Thanks for that hopefully it helps the op out

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No problem, I'll probably get flamed for being so adamant about what seems to be a touchy subject, but lubricants don't last forever.
I emailed ZF with my serial # when I suspected my tranny had been replaced under warranty (it had). They said to change @ 50,000-60,000 miles regardless of history. Good enough info for me.

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